“Bobak Ferdowsi (Persian: بابک فردوسی) (born November 7, 1979) is an American systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He served on the Cassini–Huygens and Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission.
Ferdowsi gained brief media fame in August 2012, when he wore an unusual mohawk hairstyle during the Curiosity landing. It unexpectedly became an iconic image of the event with coverage in the news and social media, U.S. President Obama even commented on the popularity of “Mohawk Guy“. Ferdowsi was born November 7, 1979, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is of Persian descent.”
Regarding the Curiosity mission: